Kalu set for FAZ Presidency
|Date: Mar 06 2008|
The 1988 African Footballer of the Year has dedicated time over the past months to visit the countryside and explain his vision, programmes and plans to take Zambian football to higher heights.
Consistently expounding his strategy to revive the Chipolopolo Boys’ fortunes and market the national team as never seen in Zambian football history, Bwalya’s policy to revitalize grassroots soccer, enhance women football development, raise administration and technical expertise through various developmental programmes, securing sponsorship for lower league teams as well continuing breaking new ground in top flight soccer sponsorship has won the hearts of many councilors.
While Bwalya has continued gaining more ground with well defined programmes and plans, other candidates have failed to outline any tangible plans to take Zambian football forward.
Said Bwalya: “Our passion for the game is one which cannot be doubted. We have dedicated our life to football and football is our life. That is why I am offering myself for presidency so that the knowledge we have, the commitment to develop the game and working together with the entire executive committee members we can be able to take Zambian football where it rightly belongs – and that is the top”.
“We have the ability, the proficiency, local and international standing to be proactive in marketing and commercializing our football. We have the ability to get provincial development structures working. We have the plan to secure sponsorship for lower division teams. We have the ability to move our game forward. That is why once elected, we will encourage every member of the executive committee and the football family as a whole to contribute to taking football forward,” Bwalya said.
Added Bwalya; “We want to take FAZ and football in a new development and successful direction by tapping into the skills, knowledge and contribution of all executive members. We believe in quality management and team work which has been the hallmark of our football life, transparency and accountability. We believe Zambia deserves to be up there and we are determined to take it there,” Bwalya said.
Born on the 16th August 1963 in Mufulira, Kalusha Bwalya was named African Footballer of the Year in 1988 by France Football Magazine and was voted 14th in the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards. The African player accolade came in the wake of Zambia’s stunning performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games where Zambia demolished three-time FIFA World Cup winners Italy 4-1.
He is the long standing leader and leading goal scorer for the Zambian National Team winning 100 caps and scoring 50 goals, five of which he scored at the 1996 Nations Cup in South Africa where he ended the tournament with the golden boot award for leading scorer.
Honored by Zambia’s three Republican Presidents so far for his outstanding contribution to sports, Bwalya was recently named as one of the top 10 African players for the last 100 years by CAF.
From 2005 he was appointed as head coach for the Zambian team.
Bwalya played in six African Cup of Nations and has played for many clubs.
He played a leading role in the rebuilding of the Zambian Football team after the Gabon Crash, going on to captain the team to within triumph of the Nations Cup at CAN Tunisia 1994 where the Chipolopolo were pipped to the title by Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
He currently serves as a standing committee member at FIFA and the Confederation of African Football and as the vice president for the Football Association of Zambia.
He has been appointed to serve on the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) committee.
“Bwalya’s vast experience in football which stretches from his playing period in the Zambia national team, to his time as coach gives him a very good understanding of the game. Off the field, he has undertaken training programmes in football administration in the UEFA zone, the only candidate with that record and experience. Not only does he have administrative skills gained through his time in the sport, he has managerial qualifications from three years of professional training, a programme he did simultaneously as he worked to attain the UEFA “A” coaching licence which qualifies him as one of the finest technical directors around the world,” said Erick O. Mwanza, his official spokesperson, adding; “That is why because of his administration skills and proficiency, experience, good understanding of the game and ability to manage football affairs at a very high level has seen him work with FIFA and CAF. That is the experience Zambian football needs.”
“We would like to express our gratitude to the FAZ councilors for the great reception, support and pledge to elect him president on March 29. We are happy that they are getting the message and making decisions based on the real issues that he has addressed affecting Zambian football,” Mwanza said.
He called on all candidates to heed the challenge of shaping the campaign on issues affecting football as well as clean lobbying for votes stressing that Zambian football deserved the best.
“Kalusha has clearly explained his vision and plan for the game. In the same line, he wishes to stress the need for clean campaigns based on issues that will create a platform for sharing good development ideas. He has been appalled by some candidates who because of their failure to explain what they were offering have attempted to focus on unsubstantiated personal attacks, lies and racial slurs,” Mwanza said.